Shipping Container Offices at Apartment Complexes

Shipping Container Offices at Apartment Complexes

Apartment complexes have found that shipping container offices at apartment complexes are the perfect solution for their leasing offices. Shipping containers offer these complexes flexibility and portability.  In addition, they offer the ability to design the office to their specifications. 

Shipping Containers as Offices

Creating a leasing office from a repurposed shipping container also provides the apartment complex with a cost savings.  The company does not have to build another structure to house the office. The portability of the office also allows the complex to move the office to different areas of the property if necessary.  This will allow for expansion of an existing structure.  The project can be completed without disrupting the office.

For complexes that are under construction, having a shipping container office allows the property management to start pre-leasing units as they are being built. Complexes that are changing ownership or are expanding can utilize a portable office while the complex is going through its upgrades.  The result is money saved.

The long life of a shipping container office also allows apartment management companies the ability to move their offices to new properties when necessary.  The cost is minimal. Also, the exterior is easily painted or refinished so that you can brand the container to match each complex. 

Shipping containers are easy to convert to office space. The addition of windows and sliding glass doors will give the office a very welcoming appearance. The spacious interior can be carefully decorated to create a professional space. Custom options are available and affordable.  Containers will have climate control, electricity, plumbing, and Internet capabilities, making them a fully functioning office space.

Shipping Container Office Benefits When Using Shipping Container Offices at Apartment Complexes

There are many advantages to using shipping containers as offices, one of so many uses!  Consider that it will become a talking point within the community. Potential residents will appreciate that the complex has chosen an environmentally friendly option for their office space. Everyone will be amazed that a shipping container can so easily be converted to a beautiful office space. Your company will love how easy it is to transform these containers to meet the looks of your brand.  Contact Portables360 to discuss your shipping container office project.



Many Uses for Shipping Containers

Many Uses for Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are used for transporting items across the world for almost a century. These dependable containers are designed to be sturdy enough to stack nine high!  They withstand even the most extreme weather. Incredibly, the majority of these containers are used only one time. Innovative people are repurposing shipping containers into amazing projects.

Shipping Container Uses

It is more cost-effective for manufacturers to purchase new shipping containers each time they make a shipment.  They don’t have used ones returned to them. This leaves a lot of shipping containers available for other uses.  

Repurposing shipping containers into offices, schools, storage facilities, hydroponic rooms, and even homes have become very popular.  It is also cost-effective for businesses.  The structural integrity of these boxes makes them perfect for construction,.  Their uniform sizes allow for multiple units to be connected together flawlessly for larger structures. 

Additionally, these containers are easy to customize into precisely what you need. Electricity, plumbing, and internet service are easily installed. Doors, windows, shelving, and other interior changes can be made to create the perfect space. All these changes can be completed at a fraction of the cost of building a new structure.

Shipping Containers on Wheels 

Shipping containers can also have an axle attached so that they can be permanently mounted on wheels. People need portable storage areas.  They have to move these over rough terrain. The unit needs to be mobile.  This is done by attaching wheels. Once attached to wheels, they can be moved by a large pick-up truck with a towing attachment. 

Shipping containers with wheel attachments make great response units. When emergencies occur, it is crucial that government offices, law enforcement, and medical care reach the impacted areas. Mobile offices or triage units are just a few of the uses that containers on wheels can provide. 

If you have a need for a structure but want to minimize your costs, shipping containers are the right solution. Whether you need a permanent structure or one that can quickly move, you will find that repurposing a container will be the best solution.  Portables360 looks forward to speaking with you.


Problems Solved by Placing Shipping Containers on Wheels

Problems Solved by Placing Shipping Containers on Wheels


One of the options that we offer on our shipping containers is a chassis. Adding wheels to a shipping container solves many issues for businesses that have special needs for their containers. 


Shipping Containers on Wheels


A business may need their shipping storage container to be at a certain height to reach a loading dock.  Perhaps they need the container to be easily moved around a distribution center. Having a chassis attached to the container allows business owners to complete these tasks without any problems. 

A shipping container on wheels is also a great asset for businesses that have to move a container into areas where the roads are less than desirable. Some remote areas may not be able to accommodate a semi-truck delivery of the container. By having the container on wheels, you can tow the container yourself to a remote location. 

A final benefit of having the shipping container on wheels is its ability to be put into motion instantly. Many government entities, charities, and businesses have found that they need to reach an area and set up their office quickly.  And example is a disaster-hit area. Having the container able to be hooked up to a truck and moved within minutes is beneficial to all. 

In most cases, we use a 6-wheel chassis system with a goose-neck hook up that can be pulled by any heavy-duty pickup truck with the right hitch. This solution is perfect for many different businesses and entities that need portability for their container. 

Our containers that have a chassis built in have all the necessary supports in place to ensure that when your container is moving, the integrity of the container remains high. Your container will arrive at its next location ready to use. 


Customized Containers Reduce Business Overhead 


Options are limitless with shipping containers!  You can customize your shipping container with a chassis.  In addition, you can have two containers connected for larger office space.  Again, options are limitless!  Repurposing these cargo containers into something your business needs will save you money over time. 

Shipping containers are sturdy, weather-resistant, and are easy to maintain. They can easily be converted into any type of space.  Don’t forget!  They can be made mobile. The lifespan of these containers averages two decades.  This makes them much more affordable than new construction.  Give us a call or email.  We look forward to helping you!



Correctly Setting Up Portable Storage Containers

Correctly Setting Up Portable Storage Containers

Transporting and setting up a shipping container will require the assistance of some heavy machinery. Most shipping containers that have been customized can weigh about 15,000 pounds! Your choices for storage container set up will either be a crane or a heavy-duty forklift that is rated for 15,000 pounds or higher. 

Storage Container Set Up

Following are benefits of using either a crane or a forklift.  If you’re unsure how to correctly set up your storage container, Portables360 will assist you.

Benefits of Using A Crane 

All containers are designed to accommodate the use of a crane for storage container transport. Routinely, these containers are lifted on and off ships.  Oftentimes they need to be stacked several high when they are used for cargo. A crane makes this type of movement very easy. 

Cranes can be useful if you need to load the shipping container straight from a ship onto a truck for transport.  In addition, cranes are important if you need to take a container off a truck and put it into a hard to reach area that a forklift cannot accommodate. Cranes are also necessary if you are going to stack containers to create a multi-container structure. 

Benefits of Using A Forklift 

When it comes to storage container transport, using a forklift to place the container on a truck is the easiest and perhaps the fastest way to move the unit.   Moving a shipping container short distances generally requires only a forklift. For instance,moving containers in a shipping yard is typically done with a forklift.  Additionally, most containers that have been customized for the client are sitting on the ground or a platform.  This is another example where  using a forklift is the right choice. 

If you are moving the container around a storage yard or around your personal property, depending on the terrain, a forklift will most likely be the right choice. Forklifts are also more accessible to many businesses in comparison to having a crane handy to move their storage units. 

Safety Matters in Storage Container Set Up

In addition to the heavy equipment necessary for storage container set up, you will also need several people to complete the task. For safety reasons, you should have one person operating the equipment and two or more people guiding the operator from different positions to make sure it is moved safely. 


Categories of Portable Shipping Containers

Categories of Portable Shipping Containers

Portable shipping containers are categorized by their length, height, and original purpose. The differences in these containers will help you decide which one will best fit your needs. Learn more about categories of Portable Shipping Containers.

Portable Container Sizes 

Most shipping containers are either 20 or 40 feet in length and stand 8.6 feet tall. There are times when you can find a 10-foot trailer or a 53-foot trailer, but these are less common. Custom-built containers may be different lengths but often fall within the 20 or 40-foot length. 

The one exception to the size rule is the High Cube container. These containers are usually 20 or 40 feet in length, but they are always 9.6 feet high, a foot higher than your standard container.  

Three Categories of Shipping Container

Single-Use Portable Containers 

The most common type of shipping container is the single-use container. These containers are built overseas.  They are packed and shipped to the United States. Then they are never used again. Shipping companies have found that it is much more cost-effective to purchase a new container for each shipment than to ship empty containers back to Asia and redistribute them to suppliers. 

These are the highest demand containers for the secondary market because they are almost new. Many of these containers are free of any type of dents or dings because they have only been in service for a few weeks before becoming available on the secondary market. 

Used Containers 

Used containers are those that have been in use for at least 15 years. These containers have been moving stock around the world and will show wear from use. Some of these containers will have rust spots, dents, and logos from the former owner on the outside. Many of these containers may also have an odor from the cargo that was transported. 

Although there are great recycling benefits for using these containers, many people want the single-use containers instead because less work has to be put into them when they are being customized. 

Purpose Built Containers 

Some companies have containers built for a special purpose. These containers have special sizes and may have special interiors.  Often they are coveted in the secondary market because they allow the end-user to customize the container more easily. 

Portables360 has several options for containers.  We look forward to speaking with you about your specific needs.


Industries Benefiting From Portable Storage Containers

Industries Benefiting From Portable Storage Containers

There are many industries that will benefit from the use of portable containers. Portable containers provide businesses with options for storage and expanded space.  Portable office space and emergency situations also benefit.  Storage containers are easy to move.  They are safe and secure.  In addition, they are easily customized to fit any need. 


There are, however, four industries that have enjoyed the most benefits from using portable storage containers: Schools, Retail or Restaurant Industry, Farming and Agriculture, and Construction and Manufacturing. 

Industries Benefiting from Portable Storage Containers


Overcrowding in schools and colleges has become a common issue in many areas around the country. Portable shipping containers offer learning institutions a way to increase space without having to invest in expensive construction. 


Portable containers can easily be converted into storage areas, special lab areas for students, and even office area if necessary. Storage containers may also be connected together and customized to create sturdy portable classrooms. 


Retail or Restaurant Industry 

One of the most important things in the retail and restaurant industry is how the business appears to the customer. The customer-facing side of your business, both inside and outside, must be appealing.  If it isn’t, customers will simply go somewhere else. 


Shipping containers provide this industry with a way to have secure storage options that will keep their businesses looking its best. Shipping containers can be placed anywhere on the property outside of the customer’s view. For restaurants, the option of having a refrigerated container also enhances the ability to keep more locally sourced and fresh foods available for your patrons. 


Farming and Agriculture 


The farming and agriculture industry has benefited in several ways when using portable containers. In addition to providing this group with secure storage for their equipment and supplies, storage containers also make a great cold storage option for cut crops. 


Specialty crops that must be grown under controlled conditions can easily be grown in a container. These containers will allow you to customize a grow area to any specification. 


Construction and Manufacturing 

Construction and manufacturing companies enjoy many benefits of using shipping containers. One of the most common uses for containers in these industries is for the creation of portable offices. When you quickly need to have an on-site office for a project, a shipping container is easily converted into that space. Electricity, internet, and plumbing can all be fitted into the unit. 


The above industries also enjoy secure storage for equipment, parts, and supplies. Other uses may include a safe way to ship parts and supplies from job site to job site. 

There are countless other uses that businesses enjoy when they get a little creative with portable shipping containers.  We look forward to helping you meet your specific needs